Who said dynasty politics is out of fashion? This election saw at least nine candidates whose fathers have served the state as the Chief Ministers. While former prime minister and Janata Dal (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda fielded two of his sons in three constituencies, former chief minister S Bangarappa’s sons — Madhu Bangarappa and
The former chief ministers’ sons who won the polls include Ajay Singh, son of Dharam Singh, Dinesh Gundu Rao, son of R Gundu Rao,
Former chief minister JH Patel’s son
Kumaraswamy and HD Revanna
By fielding two sons, Deve Gowda won three seats for the party. It is former minister HD Revanna, who is always seen with Deve Gowda more than HD Kumaraswamy. He won the Holenarasipur Assembly seat in 1994. Since 2004, he has been winning the seat. HD Revanna managed to secure 1,08,541 votes, defeating Manjegowda of the Congress, a close aide of chief minister Siddaramaiah. While Revanna was confident of his win, HD Kumarswamy did not want to take any risk and contested from two constituencies — Ramanagaram and Channapatna. In Ramanagaram, Kumaraswamy secured 92,626 votes, defeating Iqbal Hussain of the Congress and Leelavathi of the BJP who scored 69,990 and 4871 votes respectively. In Channapatna, Kumaraswamy managed to defeat CP Yogeshwar of the BJP and HM Revanna of the Congress. He secured 87,995 votes, while Yogeeshwara and Revanna secured 66,465 and 30,208 votes.
Mahima did not make it
Chief Minister JH Patel created history by speaking in Kannada in the Lok Sabha. Patel witnessed turbulent days as the chief minister and the party split into the JD(S) and the JD(U). His son Mahima Patel is the JD(U) Karnataka president. Mahima Patel faced a humiliating defeat after he secured just 3,954 votes from
Dinesh Gundu Rao
KPCC working president and MLA from Gandhinagar constituency, Dinesh Gundu Rao, recorded his fifth victory, defeating AR Sapthagiri Gowda of the BJP.
Dr Ajay Singh, son of Dharam Singh, registered his second victory by defeating Doddappagowda S Patil Naribol from the BJP in the Jevargi constituency of Kalaburagi. He secured 6,8508 votes.
Varuna constituency in Mysuru witnessed high-voltage drama ever since election was declared. Siddaramaiah had scripted two consecutive wins from this constituency earlier. During his initial days of campaigning, his son Yathindra did not seem confident and even created controversy by being the first to announce on social media that his father would also contest from Badami even as Siddaramaiah kept denying the same. Yathindra was quick to deny the same. Relying heavily on his father’s popularity, he managed to secure 96,435 votes, defeating Thotadappa Basavaraju, a close aide of Union Minister
The battle of Bangarappa brothers
Political analysts have been closely watching the action in Soraba of Shivamogga district. Kumar Bangarappa (BJP), who secured 72,091 votes, defeated his brother Madhu Bangarappa (JD-S) by 13, 286 votes. Former Chief Minister S Bangarappa was known for switching parties often. Bangarappa has to his credit of having launched the Karnataka Vikas Party and Karnataka Congress Party, besides serving the Congress, BJP, Samajawadi and Janata Dal Secular. His son Kumar Bangarappa quit the Congress to join the BJP, making a re-entry to the party after almost 13 years.
Sitting MLA Basavaraj Bommai recorded a hat-trick win from the Shiggaon Assembly constituency in Haveri by securing 83,868 votes. He defeated Sayed Azeempeer Khadri of the Congress, who secured 74, 603 votes.